They should go for compulsory soil testing and use of fertilizers: Collector
Ahead of the commencement of khariff season, “Rythu Chaitanya yatra” was launched in all the 56 mandals of Prakasam district on Tuesday with a view to educate farmers on ways to reduce cost of cultivation and improve productivity.
Flagging off the yatra, to be held till June 2, and to cover 1,045 villages in the district, and releasing the wall posters brought out by the government, zilla parishad chairperson K Arunamma urged officials of agriculture and allied departments to educate the farmers on better agronomic practices.
Speaking on the occasion, district Collector Kantilal Dande said farmers should compulsorily go for soil testing and use fertilizers and other inputs as per requirement to protect the soil health, to maximise yield. He wanted the farmers to go for commercial crops like tobacco, chillies and horticultural crops like mango to get better returns.
Agriculture Joint Director V. Narasimhulu, while interacting with the farmers at Bopepalli in Martur mandal, urged farmers to make use of the farm ponds development scheme under which 50 per cent of the cost (Rs. 40,000) was being provided as subsidy to the growers this year. The officials explained to farmers about the modified crop insurance scheme with village as unit for paddy in the district and subsidies available for various farm implements under the farm mechanisation programme.
Officials of the allied departments of Rural Development, Horticulture, Fisheries, Marketing, Sericulture, Animal Husbandry, Irrigation, Forest, and Electricity joined the yatra aimed to cover at least three villages everyday.
Compensation for those farmers who lost crops in December would be paid in the next 10 days, Mr Narasimhulu said.
About two lakh farmers in the district would benefit from waiver of interest on crop loans to the farmers who suffered losses due to rains in November and December last year, he said. Farmers convention would be held in the three revenue divisions of Ongole, Kandukur and Markapur from June 7 to 11, he added.